Glaziers fit or replace glass and mirrors in buildings and vehicles. They work with glass or other window materials such as plastic.

Glaziers first obtain details of their customer’s requiments before commencing work. They then remove any broken glass that must be replaced and measure the area to be fitted with new glass.

They obain the type of glass or mirror to be used, in accordance with the customer’s wishes and their own expertise. They cut it to the correct size and shape with a diamond or wheel cutter, sometimes using a pattern, and bevel (smooth) the edges. Then putty, rubber strips or wooden beading is used to fit the glass into the frame, or to attach the mirror to a wall with suitable fixing devices.

Glaziers work with, and need to know about, all types of glass, such as plate, toughened, laminated, tinted or opaque, as well as mirrors. They must work according to current building standards (or vehicle safety standards in the case of windshields etc). In addition to windows, glaziers work on glass roofs / walls and double glazing. They need to have a good head for heights as much of their work will be done on high-rise buildings.


  • contractors and home-builders

  • businesses that do their own construction and alterations

  • manufacturing and mining concerns

  • insurance companies

  • vehicle repair shops

  • self-employed

Getting Started

  • do volunteer or part-time work as an assistant to a glazier

  • speak to a glazier about this career and ask permission to observe him at work


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